State Moves Towards More Ag Negotiation

While some locals are describing it as ‘shutting the gate after the horse has bolted” the Queensland Farmers Federation has welcomed the Queensland Government move to form a new Ministerial Advisory Council for the Agriculture industry.

Agricultural Census 1AgMac, as it will be known, has been established today with the aim of identifying future challenges and opportunities for the industry state-wide.

President Stuart Armitage says it’s a positive first step in addressing and genuinely working through issues the sector is facing.

“AgMAC has the opportunity to re-establish the agricultural sector as a strategic economic pillar – something that farmers are looking for and all Queenslanders benefit from.”

“QFF has been advocating for AgMAC to be established for some time. We didn’t quite get it up and running last Parliament, so it is encouraging that the Queensland Government has committed to doing something about it early in its new term.”

“Many of the issues impacting on agriculture are complex, with various competing government policy priorities and objectives. AgMAC provides a forum to address these cross-portfolio challenges and achieve a more synergistic government policy for agriculture.”

“There is also a real need for long term orientation and investment to drive a more competitive and sustainable system. AgMAC is an opportunity for the government to back the sector by progressing some critical competitiveness and productivity issues, and exciting growth opportunities.”

AgMAC will be chaired by Dr Beth Woods, Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, a representative from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and AgForce will sit as permanent members on AgMAC.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner says as issues and opportunities are identified, relevant stakeholders with knowledge specific to those areas will be invited to attend AgMAC meetings.

AgForce Queensland General President Grant Maudsley says the Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Council is an opportunity for the industry to engage with the Queensland Government and highlight key priorities.

The first AgMAC meeting will be held next month.